Labour’s Bright Future Taskforce will develop a national strategy to ensure all children recover the learning and social development lost during the pandemic and have the chance to reach their full potential.
The Taskforce will put the voices of children and young people at its heart alongside engaging with parents, teachers and school and college leaders. Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green MP and the Taskforce members will be holding discussion events across the country in the coming months.
Recovery from this pandemic is about more than just educational outcomes, and the Taskforce will focus on children’s happiness and wellbeing, as well as educational attainment.
The Taskforce will focus on children’s whole experience of the education system, from early years through to becoming adults.
Baroness Morris of Yardley is a former teacher and Secretary of State for Education and Skills; Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership and joint Chair of the Association of Education Partnerships. She is an active member of the House of Lords and has chaired reviews into school performance in Liverpool and Oldham. She previously helped to establish the Institute of Effective Education.
Evelyn Forde MBE
Evelyn Forde is Headteacher of Copthall School, a highly regarded girls’ 11-18 academy with a comprehensive and culturally diverse intake in North West London. Evelyn won the TES Headteacher of the Year Award in November 2020, followed shortly thereafter with being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List on 31 December 2020.
Andy Westwood is Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. He is a Visiting Professor of Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton. He has also been a special adviser to ministers on education, skills and science policy at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and a senior adviser at HM Treasury and in the Departments for Education and Communities and Local Government.
Mick Waters was a teacher and head teacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. He worked at a national level with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority where he was Director of Curriculum. He works with local authorities and multi academy trusts and, over several years, has been asked to work in countries across the world with national governments or directly with schools to develop revised policy and practice for leadership, governance and classroom teaching.
Julian Grenier is the headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Newham, East London. Sheringham is one of England’s 27 Research Schools, working with the Education Endowment Foundation to develop evidence-based practice and bring research closer to schools and early years settings. Julian has worked in the early years for over 20 years and has a Doctorate in Education from the UCL Institute of Education (University of London).
Steve Munby is the former CEO of the National College for School Leadership and of Education Development Trust. He is Visiting Professor at University College London, Centre for Educational Leadership and is Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust.
Francine Bates OBE
Francine Bates is a children’s charity sector leader with a strong focus on disability, Special Educational Needs, looked after children and child health. Francine is currently Interim Director of External Relations with The Fostering Network and Non-Executive Adviser to the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. She was Special Adviser to Ed Balls at the Department for Education between 2007-2010.
Jonathan has been Councillor on Leeds City Council since 2014, and is now the Cabinet Member for Learning, Skills, Employment and Equality. Leeds City Council’s Children’s Services was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018, making Leeds the only ‘core city’ in the UK to be rated so highly.”
Hillary is NUS Vice President for Higher Education. She was previously the Undergraduate Education Officer and Chair of the Widening Participation Network at the University of Bristol Students’ Union. A champion of students, Hillary has worked on many projects that have looked to support the most marginalised students in education and beyond.
Professor Dame Alison Peacock
Professor Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.
Kiran Mahil is a teacher and secondary school leader. She has worked for almost a decade in Tower Hamlets. (TBC)